COURAGE STRENGTH FORTITUDE
3 credits; 3 class hours
This course is an examination of the nature, function, and evolution of culture in Western and non-Western traditional societies.
Family and kinship, religion, economic and political institutions are comparatively examined.
Pre/Co-requisites: ENGL 112 and SSC 101
The course introduces key concepts, themes, methodologies and tools of Geography. It defines Geography and discusses its importance and relationship to other sciences. The spatial variation in earth's environment, population growth, distribution, economic activities and their global interconnections are also discussed.
The course will examine the various components of the natural environment, the nature and characteristics of the physical elements, the physical process involved in their development, their distribution and basic interrelationships. Among the topics to be treated are size and shape of the earth and earth movements. Others are the composition of the atmosphere, weather and climate; temperature, precipitation, humidity, air pressure, and winds. Students will be trained in the art of using weather instruments to measure these elements. The course will also discuss modern weather maps, world climatic regions and influence of climate on vegetation, soil, and human activities.
Pre-requisite: ENGL 150
The main purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of Geography as a Social Science by emphasizing the concepts that relate to humans. The course will provide answers to basic questions which Human Geographers often ask-where do people live? Why are they there? How do the different cultural groups earn a living in their environments? What are the consequences of their activities for mother earth? The course will also discuss levels of economic development; spatial distribution of more developed countries; types of economic activities (primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary); settlement geography (urban and rural); growth of the megalopolis; population growth and environmental deterioration.
Pre-requisite: ENGL 150 or Permission of chairperson
The course is an introductory survey of world regions. It examines the regional concept and regional method in geography, divides the world into major regions based on the concept/method and discusses the physical, economic, political and socio-cultural factors, which enable one to identify them as world regions. Each region is then studied in terms of its physical environment and the ways in which humans have adapted to the environment and utilized its resources. Geopolitical, social and economic interrelationships within and among the regions are also studied. Audiovisual materials such as maps, photographs, slides, overhead transparencies, CD-ROMs, and videotapes will be used copiously.
Pre-requisite: GEOG 101 or Permission of chairperson
The course focuses on the analysis and explanation of spatial variations on the earth's surface of activities related to the production, exchange and consumption of goods and services using maps, models and generalizations. The activities are discussed under the headings; primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary and quinary. The students will explore the dynamics associated with the selected activities and discuss their global interdependence.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 150, GEOG 101 or GEOG 202 or Permission of chairperson
The course introduces the students to the regional variations in the major features of the natural and human environments of the United States and Canada. It discusses the early settlements, population growth, and distribution, economic growth and transformations.
Emphasis will be on the analysis and explanation of rapid changes in urbanization, industrialization, agricultural production, and trade and population distribution. Current problems such as ethnicity, environmental deterioration and the widening gap between the rich and poor will be discussed. Pre-requisites: ENGL 150 and GEOG 201 or GEOG 202 Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Medgar Evers College, CUNY . 147
The course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental nature of Geography. It involves a critical examination of the history of the discipline embracing the development of geographic thought from Greek and Roman times to the German, French, British, American, and Russian Schools of the 19th and 20th Centuries. It identifies the periods of advance and retrogression, noting the people Associated with them. Emphasis is placed upon contemporary geographic methodology, concepts as well as the field of applied geography. There will also be a discussion of where the subject is today and forecast of where it is likely to be in the future.
Pre-requisites: GEOG 101 and 201 or 202
This course is designed to familiarize students with the scope, methods, and position of agricultural Geography and the patterns, problems, and potential of sustainable agricultural land use in developing countries of the humid tropics. It defines and delimits the humid tropics and discusses its advantages and limitations for sustainable agriculture. The farming types found in the region are mapped, described, and explained. Problems of livestock production in the life zone will be discussed. This will be followed by an appraisal of some agricultural development schemes in selected countries and the extent to which they can contribute to sustainable agricultural development.
Pre-requisites: GEOG 302
The course introduces basic concepts, themes and theories in Urban Geography and examines the historical evolution of cities, their contemporary location patterns, physical environment, transportation and land use dynamics. Development of housing, gentrification, urban ethnicity, intra urban migration, function, urban planning and problems are also analyzed with particular reference to the New York Metropolis and Borough of Brooklyn.
Pre-requisite: GEOG 201 or 202
The course provides an overview of the origins of civilizations to the age of European exploration, including contributions of the great cultures of Africa, Europe, the Near and Far East, and The Americas.
Emphasis will be placed on the religious, social, and political ideas and institutions of these cultures.
Pre-requisite: ENGL 112
The course begins with the age of European exploration and ends with contemporary societies. Emphasis will be placed on the rise of monarchies, political, economic and social revolutions, and the emergence of the Third World.
This course surveys American history from the Pre-Columbian peoples to the present. Among the topics to be studied are: the character of colonial society; the motivations and character of American expansionism; the War of Independence and the Federal Constitution; the changing role of government in American life; the intellectual and political expressions of nationalism, liberalism, and abolitionism; the nature of work and labor organization; immigration and the history of racial and ethnic minorities; urbanization and other major movements and individual figures in American history. An emphasis is placed on the development of constitutional rights.
This course is a topical examination of themes relevant to the history and culture of the African American population in the Western hemisphere with particular reference to gender and socio-economic class relations. Topics will include African origins, African American intellectual thought, slavery, the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, the struggle for human rights, the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement of the 1960's and 1970's, United States foreign policy in Africa and the Caribbean, and contemporary ethnicity in African American life and culture.
This course explores early American History through the discussion and analysis of Original documents from the Mayflower to the Civil War. The dynamics in the development of early American History and society are explored in such documents as: The Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, the US Constitution, the Dred Scott Decision and many others.
Pre-requisites: HIST 101 or HIST 102 and ENGL 112
This course will discuss the Black experience in the United States from 1619 to the Civil War. The origins of status duality in American society, and the contributions of Blacks in the making of America will be emphasized.
This course surveys the social, economic, cultural and political impacts of the Civil War and the Post Reconstruction Period on Afro American communities in America.
Pre/Co-requisite: ENGL 150
The colonial background to the independence struggle, the goals of the founding fathers, the Constitution and its evolution, westward expansion and interaction with aboriginal peoples, the Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery and emancipation, the growth of capitalism, trade unionism, populism, and education will be discussed.
Pre/Co-requisite: ENGL 1
The growth of the economy, and power during the 20th Century; the internal problems of social justice, civil rights, urban development, and the impact of science and technology will be discussed. In general, the course will focus on the increasing complexity of American life and on the efforts made to cope with that complexity.
This course is a survey of African history from earliest times to the end of the 18th Century, including discussions of the people of Africa in the ancient world, the spread of Islam, and the kingdoms of the savannah and forest. Early European contacts with Africa and trade are studied.
This is a survey of African history from the beginning of the 19th Century to the era of African independence. This course will focus on the change in commercial patterns in the 19th Century between Europe and Africa, the "Scramble for Africa" and its effect upon African societies, resistance to the imposition of colonial rule, survival and persistence of African institutions and culture under colonial rule, the growth of modern African political and social organization and movements towards independence.
This is a survey of the development of the Caribbean Islands and mainland countries of Guyana and Belize. It also deals with European conquest, slavery, emancipation, and political independence.
This is a study of selected aspects of the history of Europe. These aspects include the Roman, Christian, Islamic, and "barbarian" contributions to European civilization; the Renaissance and the genesis of the expansion of Europe; the consequences to European wealth and power of such expansion; the agricultural and industrial revolution of the 17th and 18th Centuries.
Major currents which have helped to shape modern Europe, including, but not limited to: political revolutions -English (1668), French (1789), and Russian (1917); the Industrial Revolution; 19th and 20th Century patterns of imperialism and the rise of the modern nation state. European international relations in the 19th and 20th Century will be addressed.
This course explores the development of cities from a historical perspective. An attempt is made to analyze the historical patterns that have led to the growth of cities into large metropolitan areas. The course will also examine the problems and prospects of the modern city. Case studies will be used where necessary to highlight Western and non-Western cities.
The role of women in Western Society from the earliest times to the present is examined. Literary works by women as well as primary sources are utilized to assess the historical position of women including the opportunities available to them within their historical contexts.
Pre-requisites: HIST 101 or HIST 102 and HIST 208 and ENGL 150
This course will study the involuntary migration of African peoples to the Caribbean, Central, and South America. The major themes thathave helped to define the unique milieu of peoples of African descent in these societies will be addressed. Case study topics to be covered include responses to slavery by the African slaves, race and ethnicity, the survival of African cultures, Black Social Movements, and the role of Black peoples in the nation building process.
This course will discuss the development, approaches, and accomplishments of Black Civil Rights Movements in the United States. Emphasis will be placed upon the growth of the radicalmilitant and the conservative leadership patterns in the Black struggle for social equality and justice in American society.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 150 and HIST 200 or HIST 201
A discussion of the philosophical and ideological issues around which social and political movements evolve and the political impact of these Movements.
Focus is on such movements as the Chicano, Civil Rights, Students and Black Liberation Movements. Readings will include essays by Salazar, Savio, Malcolm X, Rustin, Fanon, Marcuse, and St. Clair Drake.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 150 and HIST 200
This course is a comparative study of slavery in selected countries illustrating the peculiarities of the laws, treatment, and use of slaves, and progress toward emancipation in the various systems (Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, American, and British).
Pre-requisites: ENGL 150 and HIST 201
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Medgar Evers College, CUNY . 149
This course is designed to assist students in the examination of Slavery, Colonialism, and Independence on the African Continent.
Historical developments within the Continent will be studied with emphasis on their similarities and differences. The stimuli for change in the various societies and regions will be highlighted. For example, the impact of Islam in North, West, and East Africa will be compared, and the changing pattern of commerce in West and East Africa will be studied. Similarly, the African experience during the periods of European conquest, colonization, national liberation, and nation building at independence will also be examined.
This course deals with selected issues that have helped to form the unique African-American culture and history. It examines the major forces and people that have contributed to the creation of that history.
Topics such as Blacks in slavery, emancipation, reconstruction, northward migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights, and Black Nationalist Movements will be critically examined.
Pre-requisites: HIST 101 or HIST 102, HIST 208 and ENGL 150
Certain music reflect changes and advances in the historical, social and by extension political fabric of American society that can be symbolized and viewed as catalysts in the development of landmark legal decisions, the formation of changes in the society?s social institutions and voices of sentiment that far exceed aesthetic appreciation. Hip Hop: historical, social and political discourses will present the above thesis through key music compositions that highlight aural and visual representations to students through connections that may be illustrated in legal decisions that result in the origins of laws, in the historical record in U.S. society from the rise of the Jim Crow era (1896, Plessy vs. Ferguson), to its dismantling by Brown vs. Board of Education (1954) and continuing through the end of the Vietnam Conflict (April 30, 1975, the Fall of Saigon).
Contemporary society is extrapolated to show how the development of rap and hip hop are contributions from these events. This is a period of advancement characterizes the most creative outpouring of production for African Americans, or any ethnic group for that matter, in the U.S. 20th and early 21st centuries.
Basic concepts in political science, including the nature of political power, definitions of basic terms; constitutional and behavioral approaches used in the study of political science.
Co-requisite: ENGL 112
The constitutional framework, of the U.S. political system, with special attention to relationship between cities, states, national government in the system; the relations between the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court; the nature of the American political party system, and of the workings of interest groups;
relationship between the American social, economic, and political systems; and contemporary issues in American government are examined.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 112 and POL 101
This course focuses on the political systems in selected nations in Western and Eastern Europe, systems in developing areas.
It considers the impact of the economic system on that political system and vice versa and discusses political culture as a variant in comparative analysis.
Pre-requisites: POL 101 and ENGL 112
This course covers the basis of relationships between nations; the role of region and world international organizations and of international law in international relations; basic considerations underlying the development blocs; theories of international system; contrasts between third world and major powers in regard to inception of international relations are examined.
Pre requisites: ENGL 150
Studies include emphasis on the federal system context and upon administrative and political decentralization, with special reference to the inner city; fiscal aspects of state, federal and local relationships, techniques for citizen influence on the political process. Especially in terms of needs of inner cities; problems of rural and "suburban" political power in relation to urban political power in relation especially the inner city.
Pre requisite: POL 200
Studies include the emergence of a third world movement in the Post World War II period; the concept of non-alignment; impact of the third world movement on international politics generally and, upon the major powers in particular. Third world challenges to the prevailing assumptions of the international legal, political and economic systems are examined.
Pre requisites: POL 101 and ENGL 112
This is a survey of the development of the American foreign policy system from the revolutionary period to the present. Discussions will include the determinants of American diplomacy, idealism versus realism in American to reign policy, Monroe Doctrine, Manifest Destiny, expansion and the American empire. In addition, emphasis will be placed on America's rise from a hemisphere to a world power.
Pre-requisite: POL 200
A study of the development of the American presidency. Focus will be upon the nature and theory of the executive branch and its relations with the other parts of government and society. Included will be selected cases or the expansion and deterioration of presidential power.
Pre-requisites: POL 200 and ENGL 150
This course examines the origins, purposes, structures, role, functions, and achievements and challenges of the United Nations (UN). Specifically, the course will focus on some of the following contemporary issues and problems as we enter the 21st century: Peacekeeping, International Law, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Economic Development, Gender, Third World Debt, Refugees, Child Labor, Sanctions, terrorism, and the Environmental degradation.
Attention will be given to conflicts and cooperation between states in the Genera! Assembly, Security Council, and the influence of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and the operations of the UN bureaucracy and its present attempts at internal reforms.
Pre-requisites: POL 101 and ENGL 150
This course offers a study of selected U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have been influential in determining the applicability and meaning of the U.S. constitution. Emphasis will be placed on the historical development of the court, including judicial review and the role of the bench in such areas as civil rights.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 150 and POL 101 or POL 200
This course presents the evolution to techniques for enhancing consumer protection; the legal right of the consumer; his/her awareness of these legal rights; the evolution of ombudsman techniques; the administration of the law.
Pre-requisites: POL 101 or POL 200 and ENGL 150
This course offers an extensive review and a survey of Western political thought from Plato to Rousseau and Paine.
This course focuses on major contributions of political thought and theories of the modern slate from Rousseau to the present time, including such figures as Hegel, Marx, John Stuart Mill, Nietzsche, Fanon, Marcusc, and Dewey.
Pre-requisite: POL 393
This course critically examines the political and socioeconomic evolution of the Third World. Specifically, the course surveys the post-war post-colonial context into which newly independent nations began their complex journey toward economic, social, and political development. The course examines the impact of ideology, nationalism, and cold war. Also covered are class structures, gender, structures of governance, and problems of economic and social development. The course critically examines the relationship between the Third World and the policies of the major powers, multilateralism, and regional organizations.
This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to understand the concept of human rights and the role the legal system play and can play in protecting this revered ideal. "Rule of Law" indicates legal rule making as a set of principles that we are all obliged to obey either nationally or internationally.
The idea of rights is indispensable to modern moral discussion, but it is also fraught with danger. Human beings possess "rights'" that protects them from the aggression of others, and especially from the power of governments under which they live. The interaction of politics, law, the stare and international organizations with regard to the general notion of human rights will be the subject of this course.
This course will focus on the changes and continuities of United States foreign policy in the World. Objectives of national strategy, effects of technology and social change on political, military and economic components of foreign policy will be rigorously analyzed.
The course will review U.S. foreign policy during the cold war, nuclear weapons, relations with the former Soviet Union and China and the enduring concern with national security. A major theme will be new post-cold war issues of globalization, tree markets and international terrorism. Another theme will be the restructuring and reorientation of U.S. foreign policy to meet the new challenges of the 21st century.
The course will focus on economic, strategic, diplomatic, regional, and military alliances, sources of global conflicts and their resolution. An important theme of the course will be United States relations with the Third World.
This course will familiarize the student with the basic concepts in sociology and develop his/her appreciation of the nature and scope of the discipline. Emphasis will be centered on the critical importance of human interaction, inter-and intra-group relations, cultural relativity, the process of socialization, race, caste and class stratification, and on sex, age, and other bases of differentiation. The structure of social organizations and of institutions and the nature of power, authority, and status as well as the problem of social change will be analyzed.
This course examines the different lifestyles and characteristics of various neighborhoods, social class, race, ethnicity, culture, and other factors affecting urban environments will be discussed with special attention given to the multicultural nature of New York City.
Prerequisite: SOC 101 and ENGL 112.
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Medgar Evers College, CUNY . 151
This course focuses on classical sociological theories that were developed and disseminated by Auguste Comte, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Max Weber. In addition to examining the contributions of classical social theorists, this course also examines the works of Harriet Martineau, Ida B. Mills, Jane Addams, W.E.B DuBois, Walter Rodney, and Frantz Fanon. The reason for examining the contributions of the aforementioned authors is because the field of classical sociological theory has been dominated by the research of White European males. The contributions of women, blacks, and minorities have been significantly marginalized.
To address the invisibility of marginal social theorists, this course attends to classical and contemporary social theorists and their theoretical models for examining the social universe.
Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SSC 101 and ENGL 150
Prerequisite: SOC 101 and ENGL 150
This course will deal with a broad range of "deviant" behavior with an emphasis on such behavior common to groups in our society. The legitimacy of the concept of "deviance" itself will be examined within the context of problems of socialization, norms, and the pressures of society. Salient topics are: drugs, social behavior, religion, politics, and crimes as they relate to deviance.
Pre-requisites: SOC 101 and ENGL 150
This course is an introduction to the major sociological theories and their sociopolitical implications. Current sociological theory developments will be studied. Students will compare and evaluate the analytical and conceptual contributions of the sociological theorists.
This course will examine a study of latent and manifest functions of the Police and Penal System, sources of community/police antagonism, and the nature and practices of crime control in the Criminal Justice System. In the area of Criminal Justice and Administration we will examine the social dynamics of those legal institutions (police, courts, and corrections) dedicated to dealing with criminal behavior and overall social control.
Pre-requisites: SOC 101 or SSC 101 and ENGL 150
The evolution of social service in the U.S. from the beginning of the century to the present will be studied. Specific references will be made in regard to the social welfare movement, covering such topics as the growth of settlement houses, social security, adoption, foster care and public assistance. The regulatory control exercised by federal, state, and municipal government in the area of social policy will be examined.
Pre-requisites: SOC 208 and SOC 321
This course deals with major issues facing the local community, e.g. housing, the delivery of health and social services and education. The student should be involved as participant/observer in at least one of these areas.
Pre-requisites: SW 220 and ENGL 150
This course deals with the role and contributions of women to the development of our society, analyze the forms of gender inequality operating within societal institutions, and comprehend the ways in which gender and sexuality are socially constructed. The course examines a wide spectrum of theories that attempt to understand the concept of gender and explain the differences between "men" and "women" in society. Of those theories, Feminism has been the most important framework for examining gender issues as they relate to social inequality and identity. As such, the exploration Feminist scholarship will be emphasized in the course.
This course will provide an intensive study of the historical roots, development, influence, ideology, and total function of the church in the Black community in America.
The role of religion as an instrument of protest, escape mechanism, emotional outlet, focal point of political organizing and of social life will be analyzed.
Pre-requisite: SOC 340
Contemporary public policy and political issues, and contemporary concerns affecting the elderly such as AIDS, substance abuse, homelessness, elder abuse, developmental disabilities, immigrant status, homosexuality, imprisonment, care giving roles and minority status, will be addressed. Needs assessment, proposal writing program planning skills and managing services for the aged will be reinforced; as well as the need to develop linkages between the aging service system and other health and social service systems.
This course introduces the dynamic nature of urban social life that emerged with the industrial revolution and continues to evolve in a 21st century world dominated by the global economy. The course explores techniques of community organization with an emphasis on metropolitan urban centers, such as senior centers and youth programs. Community development, community planning, and community action-organizational models will be examined. A specific focus will be on issues facing the local communities of the greater New York City and the metropolitan area.
Pre-requisite: SOC 101 or SSC 101 and ENGL 150.
This interdisciplinary course is designed to give a broad overview of the subject matter covered by the Social Sciences and to introduce students to basic concepts, approaches, and principles governing Social Sciences. The underlying theme of the course is culture, society and social change. Attention is given to the historical development, continuity and changes in social institutions, culture and society. Among the topics discussed in this course will be the contributions of women to the development of social sciences and gender issues as they pertain to social inequality in the United States.
Pre/Co-requisite: ENGL 112
This course introduces students to the methods of research in the three allied fields of Geography, History, and Political Science and will be taught by instructors in those fields. Students and faculty have the opportunity of sharing their research experiences, approaches and techniques. The topics to be discussed include the purpose of research; major steps in research; procedures for field investigation, data collection and analysis; and the research proposal and what it should contain. Also to be discussed are specific problems associated with research in various aspects of Geography, History and Political Science and the research report.
Pre-requisite: SOC 101 or Permission of chairperson
This course is designed to allow students to integrate theory and practice in a social science area or to do research on current social issues. SSC 260 is open to all lower division social science majors who have earned at least 39 credits and an average of 2.5 in the Social Sciences. Admission into the course must be approved by the Department Chairperson before registration. Once registered, the student will submit a proposal to the assigned instructor, who must approve it within the first three weeks of the semester. The proposal will indicate the type of project to be carried out, the educational purpose to be achieved, and the learning methodology which will be followed to meet the learning objective. The instructor and student are required to meet at least once a week. Upon completion of the proposed study, the student will submit a final report to the instructor.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 150 and Permission of chairperson
The objectives of this course are to provide students with an understanding of basic statistical procedures involving frequency distributions, central tendency, variability, z-scores and standardized distributions, probability, hypothesis testing, and correlation. In addition, students will also learn how to enter data into a statistical software program (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences:(SPSS) and generate frequency distributions, histograms, measure of central tendency and variability in SPSS. Students will also learn to narrate descriptive statistics and construct tables.
Pre-requisite: MTH 136 or MTH 138. Co-requisite: ENGL 150
This course will familiarize the student with the varied techniques used in social research. The focus will be on the types of data that are generated by the various social science disciplines and the methods used in analyzing the data. Students will be introduced to the principle of research design, the mechanics of qualitative vs quantitative research, the mechanics of interviewing, case study, questionnaire construction and tabulation. The various biases and other factors of social research will be covered.
Pre-requisite: SSC 303 (only for Juniors and Seniors)
This course provides students with the opportunity to examine critical issues facing society today. Concerns such as gender and cultural diversity, racism, sexism, economic inequality, schooling, family related problems, criminal behavior, suicide, alcoholism, and ethical conduct will be emphasized. The critical approach to social problems shall be used as the preferred conceptual framework for analysis.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 150 and SSC 101
This course examines the major social issues and problems facing modern society. It will focus on contemporary issues of power and inequality that center on divisions of class, race and gender.
Industrialization, urbanization, and immigration will provide an historical context for discussion. While the material presented in this course will come from the perspective of the instructor, the foundational objective is to provide students with a range of tactics and strategies for confronting the social issue of our society not to dictate what students should think about said issues.
Prerequisite: SSC 101 and ENGL 150
This course focuses on spatial patterns and their interrelationships with population, economic activity and political units. The thesis of Ellsworth Huntington about people's capacity for physical work and intellectual development in relation to climate is critically revisited.
Students also study how geography keeps tract of the changing political and cultural divisions in selected countries, as well as with the exemplary analyses that have been made for exploring how these divisions are influenced by past changes and how they are likely to be influenced by changes in the future.
The Senior Seminar provides a focus in which all prospective thesis writers share their experiences, approaches and techniques. The course will focus on the requirements of the Senior Thesis. Each student is to present a research proposal. The proposal must spell out the problem, theory, hypothesis, and method of data collection, analysis and testing the hypothesis. Tentative chapter headings and bibliography must be included and defended. The proposal must be presented at a meeting of the whole class at the end of the Semester before submission to their thesis advisors.
Pre-requisite: Permission of chairperson
The subject matter to be discussed in the senior thesis should be identified by the junior year. Students are encouraged to choose topics that excite them and are drawn from their academic field and personal backgrounds. Students are expected to engage in some primary research and original analysis and interpretation. The thesis is due the 3rd week in November for January graduates and the 3rd week in April for June graduates.
Pre-requisite: SSC 403
3-6 credits; 3-6 class hours
This course is designed to allow the student to integrate theoretical concepts and current issues in a social science area of interest, by developing and carrying out a research project. SSC 500 is open to all social science majors in their senior year with an index of 2.5 or better, who have completed the required research methods course.
The student meets with the instructor regularly once a week. Student and instructor must establish performance criteria, the attainment of which must be demonstrated at the end of the course in the form of any appropriate culminating project. All outlines should be submitted to chairperson for approval the semester prior to registration for SSC 500.
Pre-requisites: SSC 304 and Permission of chairperson
This course is an introduction to the profession of social work and the philosophical, societal and organizational contexts within which professional social work activities are carried out. This course provides the opportunity for students to explore their interest in and potential for a career in social work. It introduces the knowledge, skills, and values of social work as a profession and explores the role of social workers within the broad areas of social welfare and social services. Social work practice requires extensive knowledge about the human condition, problems in living, problem solving, the delivery of human services, and the institutions that comprise today's social welfare system. Cognitive and interaction skills necessary for competent practice are introduced in this course. The course emphasizes the value base of social work practice and its commitment to diversity, social and economic justice. Social work practice and policy in an international setting as well as examples of innovative approaches to social work issues that are common to many countries will also be discussed. Special attention will be given to crisis and trauma counseling of victims of hurricanes, floods, Tsunami, Katrina and Rita and other natural disasters. Students are encouraged to bring to class sessions examples of their work/ involvement in disaster relief efforts.
This is the first of three social work methods courses. This course introduces the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice including engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, termination and follow-up. The empowerment and strengths perspectives, and social work values and ethics are applied to practice with clients of diverse racial, cultural, class and religious backgrounds. Focus is on micro practice with individuals and families.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 150 and SW 220
Methods of Social Work Practice I will provide students with the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with individuals and families. Social work values and ethics, interviewing skills and differential interviewing techniques with clients of diverse racial, cultural, class and religious backgrounds will be addressed.
Problems solving methods, ethical and purposeful use of self and use of theory to guide practice will be emphasized. After a review of the theoretical framework of generalist social work practice, the course will focuses on the development of interviewing skills necessary to work with clients in promoting change that supports social and economic justice, and ends with an introduction to assessment, goals, and contracting.
Pre-requisites: SW 220 and SW230, and ENGL 150
2 credits; 3 class hours
Social workers must be equipped to respond to clients in spiritually sensitive and appropriate ways that facilitate the practice of the profession and benefit clients. This course engages students in a critical examination of the role of culture, religion and spirituality in a systematic effort to address holistically the needs of individuals, families and communities drawing upon the services of a social worker. Recognizing that persons are shaped not only by biological, psychological, and sociological experiences but also spiritual and cultural experiences, this course will examine critical issues related to culture, religion and spirituality and social work practice in regards to clients of diverse cultural, religious and philosophical perspectives. The course will provide answers to such questions as: What is spirituality? How is it relevant to social work practice?
Pre-requisites: SW 301, SW 302, and ENGL 311.
This course focuses on theory and knowledge of individuals and families including biological, social, psychological, spiritual and cultural factors that impact human development and behavior in a global context. Utilizing the generalist approach to social work practice, a social systems perspective is applied to understand the relationships between and among individuals, families and the broader social environment. Diversity is presented in its many facets covering ethnicity, culture, race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability. The impact of discrimination and other forms of oppression on individual development and behavior are examined.
Pre-requisites: SW 220
This course will examine the emergence of the child welfare system in the United States. Specific references to the social welfare movement, social policy as it affects children from different cultural backgrounds, and recent changes in local child welfare systems will be examined. Topics covered will include adoption, foster care, child abuse and neglect and the inter-relationship between social problems and policies on the child welfare system. The role and responsibilities of the child welfare worker will be addressed.
Pre-requisites: SW 301 and SW 302
This course will familiarize the social work student with the varied techniques used in social research. The focus will be on the types of data that are generated by the various social science disciplines and the methods used in analyzing the data as it pertains to social work.
Social work students will be introduced to the principle of research design, the mechanics of qualitative vs. quantitative research, the mechanics of interviewing, case study, questionnaire construction and tabulation. The various biases and other factors of social research will be covered.
Pre-requisites: MTH 209 and ENGL 150 and SW 220
In classroom sessions, students will acquire an understanding of AOD abuse as a bio-psycho-social problem. Applying basic social work principles, participants will learn a spectrum of treatment approaches to helping clients achieve abstinence and long-term recovery and acquire insight into the client-counselor relationship.
Sessions will include counseling exercises, experiential group experience and other counseling techniques designed to hone students' counseling skills that are vital in a clinical setting. Lectures and readings will address: intakes; DSM-IV diagnoses; leading and co-leading groups; individual counseling; family counseling; treatment planning, motivating clients to change; self-help programs; encountering resistance; relapse prevention; vocational training and referrals and termination.
Pre-requisites: SW 301 and SW 302 and SW 337
This course is designed to familiarize students with the disease, culture, and behaviors related to the HIV virus and AIDS. The course will also examine HIV transmission and prevention; including the how even small amounts of AOD reduces inhibitions, impairs judgment and increases the risk of potentially life-threatening behaviors. Also addressed with be the impact of HIV-AIDS on different populations groups (e.g., racial/ethnic groups, men and women, LGBT and the elderly).
This course will address AOD use as it effects different populations of various racial and ethnic groups, the disabled, LGBT, adolescents, the elderly and the homeless. Students will acquire an understanding of the effects of cultural, racial and ethnic similarities and differences.
Key concepts and practices that encourage effective cross-cultural communication (counselor-client and staff-to-staff) in AOD counseling will be examined. NASW cultural competence issues will also be addressed.
Pre-requisite: SW 310
This course provides an overview of the different legal, prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs that are used by a cross section of the American population. Legal ramifications of the use of these various chemicals will be carefully examined. The effects of drugs on the total well being of the individual, families and communities will also be investigated. Additional topics to be addressed include: prevention measures to discourage inappropriate use, the economic and costs of drug use (including crime and incarceration factors).
Pre-requisite: SW 311
This course is designed to enable students to compare policies and practices in another nation, to understand cultural differences, and to underscore the important role that culture plays in establishing social work best practices. It addresses the interests of students interested in international social welfare practice abroad and/or transitional work in the United States with immigrants, foreign students and international adoption, etc. Specific areas of study will include a comprehensive view of human rights principals and their importance to social work practice and policy in an international setting.
The course will also present examples of innovative approaches to social work issues that are common to many countries. This course will also be invaluable as background for those wishing to participate in the study abroad course at which time the student will have an opportunity to travel abroad for an in-depth exploration of a social problem or issues in an international country, region or culture. This course also provides an orientation to international social work and social welfare from a generalist perspective. Students will assess their own cultural reference group by comparing other global cultures and environments and learn to evaluate domestic and foreign social welfare systems as they are exposed to the practice and work of social workers from other cultures, focusing on historical and current Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences global social justice issues.
SW 321 Social Work with Children and Families
3 credits; 3 class hours
This course will explore some of the critical issues that impact on social work services for children and their families and examine an integrative model for assessing the needs of children and others in the family in order to develop appropriate strategies for intervention.
Cultural and ethnic issues in working with children and with special needs children and their families and will be emphasized. Students will also examine ethical issues of this field of practice as well as other issues related to diversity, spirituality, power, conflict, abuse and neglect, divorce and blended families will be addressed.
This is designed to review and affirm the history, cultural values, and family structures of the diverse life styles within African, Asian, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Native American cultures.
This examination of diversity will include issues within groups of gender, class, age, immigration, history, sexual orientation, level of acculturation, color, language, and religion and spirituality. From an ecological perspective, the course will examine social and economic factors which have shaped the experiences and socioeconomic status of persons within these groups and will explore the relevance of cultural diversity to social work values and practice
Pre-requisites: SW 302 and ENGL 311
This course provides the social work student a conceptual and theoretical framework for social work generalist practice in diverse settings and with client systems that social workers interact with in various roles. There is emphasis on ethics and values of the profession as they apply to situations with families and groups.
Learning methods will include lecture, reading, audiovisual, discussion, role play, group exercise, and written assignment. This course highlights the necessary skills to address the needs of a diverse population, preparing the student to provide social work in agencies that serve people of various socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, gender, age, physical and mental abilities, and others who need social work services.
Pre-requisites: SW 231
Emphasis will also be placed on teaching students how to conduct a generalist social work assessment and engage in action planning in order to frame suggested solutions to group and/or community problems.
This is a service-learning course and students will be expected to devote sixteen hours outside of class during the semester in preselected community sites.
Pre-requisites: SW 330
This course will explore factors that constitute being "at risk". Class discussions will focus on issues of income disparities, racial and ethnic group discrimination, religious intolerance, elitism, sexism and ethnocentrism which contribute to perpetuating powerlessness in a society. A major focus of this course is to encourage critical thinking, in a post 9/11 era, about some controversial issues and "risk" factors that contribute to injustice and inequality. Students will be encouraged to develop suggested recommendations and strategies for solving some of society's social problems. The course will also address issues regarding people of color, women, gay and lesbians as well as special populations. Other concerns including the elderly, physically and mentally disabled are included in many different courses throughout the social work curriculum. Each practice course contains information pertinent to working with these groups at different system levels. Policy courses emphasize the impact of discrimination, economic deprivation and oppression upon these groups.
Pre-requisites: SW 302 and SW 323
This course examines the history and development of social welfare policy through the present with a significant focus on the contemporary social welfare policies and issues. As students examine contemporary policy the course moves from an historic analysis toward an examination of the methods of analysis of: policies, proposals and alternatives. Students will be expected to address a contemporary social problem and analyze the range of social policies and policy proposals in order to develop a position paper and presentation. Students will learn how to analyze policy from a values perspective with a focus on social and economic justice. There will be an emphasis on populations-at-risk, including ethnically and culturally diverse populations, the elderly and the physically challenged.
Pre-requisites: SW 220, SW 230 and ENGL 311
Pre-requisites: SW 220, SW 230, and ENGL 311
This course is designed to introduce students to the professional and ethical responsibilities of AOD counselors, including ethical principles; behaviors and boundaries in clinical relationships; confidentiality laws; and the importance of counselor wellness. State and Federal laws and procedures that relate to confidentiality (of patient records in general and HIV related issues in particular) and the need for practices that encourage counselor wellness will be addressed. Students will also examine in depth the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Pre-requisite: SW 312
This course examines actual case studies from the field of Child Welfare. These case studies will present multiple issues (e.g., biological, psychological, social) to help students link theoretical frameworks to what is practical in working with children and families.
Pre-requisites: SW 305 and SW 340
This course is designed to examine how the legal and the court system work, major functions of forensic social work, the interdependency of law and social work, the skills necessary for social workers and others in the helping profession to be effective advocates for children within the legal system. The course will also address ethical conflicts for the social worker operating within the court system in relation to the social work code of ethics.
Students will examine and discuss constitutional law, statutory law, administrative law and judicial and common law as they impact on social work services for children and their families. Recent court decisions related to children's parents and caregivers rights and their impact on professional standards of social work practice, policy frameworks and operations of child welfare programs will also be examined. Classroom discussions and research will examine reforms in the delivery of social service influenced through class action suits.
Pre-requisite: SW 301, SW 302 and ENGL 311
This course will explore intergenerational issues in social work which impact on the elderly and their families and/or caregivers.
Specifically, this course will focus on working with elders and their support network, e.g., spouses, partners, family members and caregivers. The course examines the biological, psychological and social effects of aging and provides the student with approaches to affective assessment and intervention strategies. Social work practice and treatment issues are identified to help students develop assessment and treatment skills for work with older adults and their families. Concrete service, delivery and policy implementation are addresses in addition to individual, small group and family treatment techniques. The student is encouraged to explore and reflect on his or her attitudes, experiences and behaviors related to the elderly on a personal and professional basis.
Pre-requisites: HSC 302
6 credits; 6 class hours
This course integrates the knowledge, values, and skills developed throughout the social work curricula. Students engage in structured, individualized learning opportunities in a community agency setting.
Faculty, agency field instructors, and students collaborate to facilitate the transition from classroom to generalist social work practice.
During the semester, students will complete 15 hours per week for a minimum of 200 hours in an agency setting approved by the Medgar Evers College Social Work field coordinator. The seminar will serve as an opportunity to integrate knowledge, skills, and theory with the practical field experience.
Pre-requisites: SW 323 and SW 327 and SW 403
This course integrates the knowledge, values, and skills developed throughout the social work curricula and is the capstone course in the Social Work sequence. Students continue to engage in structured, individualized learning opportunities in a community agency setting.
Faculty, agency field instructors, and students collaborate to apply generalist social work skills, values and knowledge in the practice.
During the semester, students will complete 15 hours per week for a minimum of 200 hours in an agency setting approved by the Medgar Evers College Social Work field coordinator. The seminar will serve as a culminating opportunity, where the knowledge, skills, and theories learned in social work courses are understood in the context of practical application. Students are expected to submit a portfolio of work that includes practice addendums. A practice research paper will be required.
Pre-requisite: SW 323, SW 337, SW 403 and SW 420
This course explores techniques of community organization with an emphasis on metropolitan ghettos, senior citizens, and youth programs. Community development, community planning, and community action-organizational models will be examined.
Pre-requisite: Permission of the Chairperson
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